2020 E11EVEN CABERNET FRANC
Cabernet Franc possesses a strong tannin structure, dark color and a unique flavor profile that can produce high quality wines, in a variety of dramatically different climates. It is grown throughout California in many different regions of the world and is becoming increasingly popular as a single-varietal wine. We are proud to grow amazing Cabernet Franc grapes on our very own Estate Vineyard, on an uplifted bench with sandy and gravelly soils, just above the winery in Los Olivos. 2020 provided a nearly picture-perfect vintage for our vineyard with a long growing season that allowed for even ripening and amazing flavor development. In addition, cold, crisp evenings allowed for grapes to hang on the vine, into the middle of October. The 2020 vintage expresses rich flavors of fresh summer plum, blackberries, crushed gravel, and lilac with a cooling herbaceous undernote. We balance the tannin structure of this wine by fermenting in tank and pumping over twice a day. This promotes a softer, more gentle extraction. We complement this by aging for 20+ months in 25% New French oak to really allow this wine enough time for the tannins to soften before bottling.